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  • The Affordable Care Act requires reporting of the aggregate cost of applicable employer-sponsored coverage on an employee's W-2 Wage and Tax Statement. According to Internal Revenue Service Notice 2010-69, reporting was optional for all employers in 2011 and for employers issuing less than 250 W-2 forms in 2012. However, reporting will be required on the W-2 form issued in January 2013 for... more »
  • Crystal Window & Door Systems, the New York-based manufacturer of vinyl and aluminum window and door products, has recently completed a major redesign of its corporate website. The new site, www.crystalwindows.com, offers expanded and enhanced product information, an extensive gallery of notable Crystal projects around the country, and new resources for construction professionals,... more »
  • A number of revisions in the criteria for doors, as well as clarifications in the installation instruction requirement, are among the changes in Draft 2 of the Energy Star for Windows, Doors, and Skylights Version 6.0 specification just issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.  EPA now is seeking written comments on the latest revisions, to be received no later than February 8, 2013.... more »
  • Marvin Windows & Doors and Loewen usually battle for sales with homeowners, architects and builders, but this week, employees of the neighboring window and door makers will face off in an international border battle for bragging rights on the hockey rink. About 90 miles separate Warroad, Minn.,–home of Marvin–and Steinbach, Manitoba–home of Loewen. A group of Loewen... more »
  • The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance will feature a variety of technical presentations at its 2013 Annual Conference, scheduled for February 5-8, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Astor in New Orleans. In addition to committee sessions, the event will offer numerous networking opportunities, including a Masquerade Ball. “The presentations this year keep attendees on the leading edge of our... more »
  • Pella Corp. is once again hosting a series of half-day exhibitions and educational forums across the country designed for builders, remodelers, contractors and architects.  The Pro Expo Presented by Pella events are designed to provide the opportunity to learn about new innovations directly from national manufacturers, as well as take courses to earn continuing education credits. “... more »
  • Ingersoll Rand's Schlage unit is launching the new Touchscreen Deadbolt lock, said to bring the highest grade of security to homeowners’ fingertips. The new lock offers the home automation features of the supplier's Nexia Home Intelligence, with the convenience of keylessentry and the protection of a built-in alarm.       The fingerprint-resistant touchscreen ensures... more »
  • New York-based Adchem Corp., a supplier of adhesive tapes for the fenestration and other industrial markets, has been certified under the newly established Responsible Tape Manufacturer program created by the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council. The organization unveiled the RTM program early in 2012 as a “level the playing field” initiative creating a performance standard program that... more »
  • Twenty-four windows were recently donated for a home being built for missionaries doing work in Togo, Africa, by the Earthwise Group LLC, the  national network of independent manufacturers of windows and doors. The missionary home is being built on the site of a future first-of-its-kind aquaponics project.  The food from the aquaponic system will help feed the clients and staff at a... more »
  • Building on existing regulations requiring that renovations of homes and child-occupied facilities built prior to 1978 be performed by certified contractors using lead-safe work practices, the Environmental Protection Agency is currently in the process of developing certification, training, and work practice requirements for renovation, repair, and painting activities on public and commercial... more »